Case: Hayes stabbing: Harjit Singh Dulai
Victim
Name:
Harjit Singh Dulai
Gender:
Male
Date:
2016-01-27
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Harjit Singh Dulai, 44, was stabbed at a park in Hayes on 27 January 2016.

Police and paramedics were called to the tennis courts in Rosedale Park off Albion Road at around 6.40pm.

Mr Dulai, from Uxbridge, was taken to hospital but died at around 8.30pm. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound.

Six men aged between 16 and 40 were arrested on suspicion of murder. On 2 February 2016 a 16 year-old boy from Hayes who cannot be identified was charged with murder.

The suspect went on trial at the Old Bailey on 4 July 2016. He was acquitted of murder on 21 July 2016.

Prosecutors claimed Mr Dulai, a drug user, was stabbed shortly after contacting the teenager by phone to arrange a meeting to buy four wraps of crack cocaine for £50.

The suspect had a previous conviction for drug dealing and had been previously captured on CCTV at the tennis courts. However, at the time of the attack it was too dark for the cameras to capture the incident.

A friend of Mr Dulai told police he waited at a distance while the drug deal took place and did not witness the attack. He said he went to the scene after hearing the victim say 'I've been stabbed'. The friend later identified the suspect.

Jurors heard the teenager googled the victim's name two days after the murder but later claimed he was just curious after hearing a news story.

After his arrest he initially denied he was a drug dealer and claimed he was playing Call of Duty and smoking cannabis at the time of the stabbing. He later admitted drug dealing but denied he was responsible for the stabbing.

On 1 March 2017 a reward of £10,000 was offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Our investigation into Mr Dulai's death continues and we hope this substantial reward being offered by Crimestoppers encourages someone to come forward with information.

"If you can help please contact Crimestoppers anonymously. I'm certain people in the local area will have spoken about the motive, who is responsible, where the murder weapon is and what the suspect did afterwards. You may feel frightened about speaking out and 'snitching' but by maintaining your silence you're keeping a killer at large and denying Mr Dulai's family justice.

"He was a much-loved son, father, brother and uncle and did not deserve to die in such a brutal and needless fashion. Do the right thing and make that call."

Mr Dulai’s family said: "It is now over a year since Harjit’s death and we are still mourning his loss. We are devastated by what happened.

"The person who murdered him continues to walk free and we need him caught.

"We would ask anyone with information that could help the police investigation to please come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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